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Alan

COOKEVILLE, TN, United States

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  • 8 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 284 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Spilled Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (185)

    Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn’t be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime.

    cristina says: "Excellent story"
    "Hard for me to enjoy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Much of the action and dialog involves high school students....first strike. Second strike, the high school students didn't act like, talk or behave like I believe any high school students would. Protagonist (as well as most characters) was flat and wooden. I appreciate a story that explores seed/dna manipulation by Agri-business. But, while that was clearly a component of the story, it went largely unexplored. I found nothing wrong with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (702)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "I enjoyed this one...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An introduction to lock-picking for the fiction reader. A nice blend of the crime and coming of age genres that requires a little more work from the reader to achieve 'suspension of disbelief'. Diverting, light, fun and easy to enjoy...went quickly for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2996)
    Performance
    (2235)
    Story
    (2250)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "Not 'escaptist': more fantasy! less introspection."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Impressive in many ways, 'The Magicians' nonetheless left me short. I appreciate the approach: take a very real, very modern sort of young man and place him in a world of fantasy...then note the results. Problem for me was it just didn't take me far enough away to give any real relief. When reading escapist literature, I'd like my heroes to overcome monumental odds, etc. If you are searching for a novel about young men, then this may be your thing....if you are looking for another Johnannes Cabal (as I was) you will not be satisfied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (6844)
    Performance
    (4789)
    Story
    (4772)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Escapism? Okay...I'll buy that."
    Overall

    The plot twists are implausible but interesting, the dialog is wooden and the protaganist is seemingly invincible.

    Loved it!

    Very pleased with the narrator and I will be adding other Lee Child stories to my collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Futurist

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James P. Othmer
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Yates is a Futurist. Which is to say he makes a very good living flying around the world dispensing premonitory wisdom, a.k.a. prepackaged bull, to world governments, corporations, and global leadership conferences. He is an optimist by trade and a cynic by choice. He's the kind of man who can give a lecture on successive days to a leading pesticide manufacturer and the Organic Farmers of America, and receive standing ovations at both.

    Alan says: "missed the mark"
    "missed the mark"
    Overall

    Some clever wordplay and a few bits of interesting (if not novel) commentary. But the story wasn't funny enough to be a comedy, harrowing enough to be a thriller or interesting enough to be thought-provoking.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2461)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (623)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Rich!"
    Overall

    Another great one from Burke! Exceptional.

    I really think this is the best of his I've read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2093)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (779)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Great story!"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed this one. Couldn't put it down, in fact. My favorite reads are thrillers but I do have a taste for good writing and I try to familiarize myself with those folks deemed "great writers".

    I had read "All the pretty horses" and, frankly, missed the point. "No Country.." offered McCarthy's great style with a plot line that kept me riveted.

    Be warned, this is not a conventional thriller and you will not find a neatly packaged ending. If you'd like to try a thriller with a bit more literary content, this is a great choice.

    Super narrator, as well!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen Davis
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    As the lead singer of the Doors, Jim Morrison's searing poetic vision and voracious appetite for sexual, spiritual, and psychedelic experience inflamed the spirit and psyche of a generation. Since his mysterious death in 1971, millions more fans from a new generation have embraced his legacy, as layers of myth have gathered to enshroud the life, career, and true character of the man who was James Douglas Morrison.

    Donald says: "Jim Morrison"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    I avoided the Doors' music as a teenager (during the 80s) and felt that the adulation directed at Jim Morrison was undue. Now in my 30s, I decided to give Jim's story a read and I've been very pleased with the choice! I suppose I still haven't decided whether Jim was a true talent or a fluke but I became engrossed in his story and just purchased the box set of the Doors studio albums. As a musician, I appreciated that the author described important musical elements of many Doors shows: the set list, the mood of the performers, the cultural setting and even the men who handled promotion. I was surprised to learn that Jim's obscenity trial was a farce and I was reminded of the intense, judgmental morality of the conservative elements of 1960s society. Whether you come to admire Jim Morrison or not as a result of this reading, I'm convinced that you will apreciate his daring, bold approach to challenging the American status quo.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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